My #lunchtimeread is: Barrayar by Lois McMaster Bujold

I’ve finally started my reread of the Vorkosigan saga! I loved the first eight or so books when I read them last year, and so far I’m loving them just as much this second time around. I’m currently somewhere in the last half of the second book, Barrayar, and I’m having a hard time putting my Kindle down to do things like, y’know, going to sleep at night. 

In her first trial by fire, Cordelia Naismith captained a throwaway ship of the Betan Expeditionary Force on a mission to destroy an enemy armada. Discovering deception within deception, treachery within treachery, she was forced into a separate peace with her chief opponent, Lord Aral Vorkosigan – he who was called “The Butcher of Komarr” – and would consequently become an outcast on her own planet and the Lady Vorkosigan on his.

Sick of combat and betrayal, she was ready to settle down to a quiet life, interrupted only by the occasional ceremonial appearances required of the Lady Vorkosigan. But when the Emperor died, Aral became guardian of the infant heir to the imperial throne of Barrayar – and the target of high-tech assassins in a dynastic civil war that was reminscent of Earth’s Middle Ages, but fought with up-to-the-minute biowar technology. Neither Aral nor Cordelia guessed the part that their cell-damaged unborn would play in Barrayari’s bloody legacy. (from Goodreads)

This series is so enthralling! I love scifi anyway, but I particularly love scifi when it’s wrapped around deep emotional development and whatnot. It elevates the fantastic from something merely cool, y’know?

My lunch is less spectacular: shrimp-flavored ramen. I’m a little low on eatables at the moment, though, so it’ll do in a pinch.

What are you reading during your lunch break?


  1. Jae

    In what order are you reading them? I’ve seen this series before and really want to pick it up but am so confused about the book order (publication date vs. chronology). On Goodreads it says this is the 7th book but you mention it as the 2nd. Could you do a post on this or reply to clear things up? Thanks! 🙂

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